In 1996 a 1 square foot hole was cut in a tidegate at the 8th Street Dam by the Skipanon WCD to allow for minimal flow and fish passage. CREST is now looking into replacing the tidegate with a bridge, which would be of interest to developers who would like improved road access to adjacent property.
Non-Estuary Partnership Projects
Habitat Restoration projects which are conducted by local restoration partners, and which no funds are contributed by the Estuary Partnership. Major restoration partners include CREST, the Columbia Land Trust, Ash Creek Forest Management, Scappoose Bay Watershed Council, City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board, Washington and Oregon states, as well as several others. The Partnership attempts to maintain relevant information for these projects, however much of the project details still need to be acquired. For more detailed information about Habitat Restoration in the Lower Columbia River and Estuary, visit the Partnership's Habitat Restoration web page at http://www.lcrep.org/habitat-restoration.
WDFW protected land in the Shillapoo Wildlife Area
Restoration actions focus on restoring hydrology to existing water bodies, providing physical access for juvenile salmonids, reducing elevated temperatures, and managing pisciverous fish species. Project site acres = ~900
Restore hydrology and juvenile access to approximately 160 acres of off-channel habitat and floodplain lakes. Additional restoration actions may include up to 60 additional acres of off-channel improvements. Phase 1 restoration: Ruby Lake, Phase 2 restoration: Millionaire/Deep/Widgeon Lakes, Phase 3 restoration: McCormick Lake.
The project removes a 1930 era diversion dam across the main channel of the Sandy River near the confluence with the Little Sandy River. Implementation of the project restores flows to the east channel allowing natural physical/biological processes to occur in support of local and upstream ESUs. The project reconnects approximately 190 acres of the historical channel with the estuary.
WDFW conserved land on Puget Island
Construct Engineered Log Jams on the Lower Kalama river delta at the Columbia River confluence to provide instream cover, complexity and holding; coldwater refuge for outmigrating juvenile salmonids and migrating adults; and to reduce predation by pinnepeds during low flow conditions. Investigate options for channel realignment. Project Site Acres = 5.
The Lower Columbia River Fish Enhancement Group will use this grant to rehabilitate both sides of the lower .2 mile of Dean Creek and .3 mile of the east fork of the Lewis River. Work will include restoring 27 acres of floodplain riparian habitat on 52 acres owned by Clark County. Crews will place woody debris and plant more than 22,000 tress along nearly 1 mile of stream bank. The streams are home to several species of fish on the federal Endangered Species Act list, including Chinook, chum and coho salmon and steelhead.